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State Senator Seward Hopes To Extend Pistol Recertification Deadline

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Our State Senator James Seward reports he has introduced legislation (S.7343) to extend the deadline for pistol license holders to recertify their licenses with the New York State Police.

In a statement to X101 News, Seward said, “The SAFE Act is one of the most confusing and disputed laws I have seen in my 30 plus years in the legislature. The pistol license recertification provision, in particular, was not well publicized and many people are unaware of the impending deadline or consequences for not recertifying.”

X101 News recently interviewed Cortland County Clerk Betsy Larkin about the recertification process. She is also concerned that pistol owners know of the requirement, something that Sen. Seward cites in proposing his legislation. “Anecdotal stories and media reports indicate that compliance is extremely low and more time is needed to get the word out and make sure that law-abiding pistol license holders are able to meet the recertification deadline.”

Under current law, individuals with pistol licenses issued before January 15, 2013 are required to recertify their licenses with the New York State Police by January 31, 2018.

Seward says many licensees have reported not receiving notification from the state police about the recertification.

Others have reported difficulty recertifying through the state police website.

Senator Seward’s bill would extend the deadline for pistol license recertification by an additional two months to March 31, 2018.

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